Welcome to the Smaller Manufacturers Association of CT

SMA has a commitment to:

why join SMA

our vision:

To make Connecticut a great place to do business for smaller manufacturers.

our mission/purpose:

To help Smaller Manufacturers’ Association of Connecticut (SMA) members thrive and grow through communication, education, collaboration and advocacy.

networking and programs:

Meeting other business owners is a great way to expand business relationships. Our monthly programs offer insight to areas such as marketing, government, lean manufacturing and leadership. All meetings are at convenient locations in the Greater Waterbury Area.

My father & I started Century Spring Mfg. in 1976. We were both working 65 hours a week and just breaking even. We didn’t have time to belong to a Trade Association. It wasn’t until I joined the SMA and networked with so many successful business people that our business really began to prosper.

William Waseleski, Century Spring Manufacturing

taxes and regulations:

The SMA has a collaborative venture for legislative purposes with the following manufacturing organizations: SMA, ACM, CBIA, CONNSTEP, CTMA, EAMA, METAL, NESMA, and & NHMA to comprise the Connecticut Manufacturers Collaborative (CMC). Lobbying services are provided by DNB Government Relations of New Haven.

Although we are a bit different than the average member in our product line, as a manufacturer of handcrafted chocolates we still share many common issues and needs. The SMA has been a great resource with wonderful people and valuable information. We also love that many of the members have become our customers.

Carmen Romeo, Fascia’s Chocolates

future workforce:

Skilled employees are essential to all manufacturers. With an aging workforce, it is more important than ever to hire quality, skilled employees. In partnership with area technical, comprehensive and community colleges, the SMA continues to support the education of tomorrows technical workforce.

I am happy with the ongoing partnership between Kaynor Technical HS Precision Machining and the SMA. For years they’ve supplied our students with many positive career connecting gratuities such as tours, job shadowing, awards and permanent employment. We are happy to have provided and continue to provide quality trainable workers which will continue to fill the local industry

Tom Kenyon, Precision Machining Instructor, Kaynor Tech. HS